BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Im supposed to not like this beer because its from a Mega-Brewery.Well kiss my ass, I like it. Its sweet but not to rich. Its got just a touch of vanilla and bit of zestiness and an amazing hops and sweet malt aroma. NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2010
This was a great Michelob product. Lots a vanilla on the nose and the taste follows suit too. Wow. I can’t believe this brew has this much flavor to it. I really am surprised to see what a low overall score this beer has gotten. This beer delivers on what its label reads: A nice winter ale with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Really a solid brew. ACEMS153P (2) - BURLINGTON, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2007 does not count
I HAD THIS BEER AT CATALOOCHIE SKI AREA AND TRIED IT OUT OF SHEER CURIOSITY, WOW! THIS IS A DELICIOUS BREW THAT HAS A VERY SWEET MALTINESS TO IT WITH JUST ENOUGH BITTERNESS. GOOD NOTES OF VANILLA AND BOURBON. POURS AMBER WITH A CREAMY LIGHT BROWN ALMOST YELLOWISH HEAD. HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THIS BEER BACK HOME. A PLEASANT SURPRISE. Jeff0Hull (10) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
This beer is great for all occations. I enjoy the Vanilla hint but it doesn’t over power the whole taste. A nice gold amber goes down smooth and is not filling. Spence1632 (1) - USA - FEB 27, 2007 does not count
This beer is anything but disappointing. I was very satisfied with it and it left no bad after taste or syrupy feeling in my mouth. It reminded me of an ole fashion root beer float. And yes I understand that beer is not suppose to taste like that but it is nice to experience a change every once in a while. I think AB did a great job with this seasonal beer.
badnloose (111) - North Hollywood, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours darker brown with a tan head. Feel of swirling warm alcohol took me by surprise, then came the vanilla taste. Pretty much tastes like an ale doused with vanilla. Blended nicely. iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2009 I really like this beer and was surprised to find out it is a Bud product. Pours a dark, brown color. There was a little tan head and a tad bit of lacing. Aroma was of malt and vanilla. Taste was vanilla with some malt and caramel. very good Tricountybeer (167) - Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Beer pours a spare diminishing head, not much lacing, clear body and amber color . A light toffee malt, lightly hoped, a hint of raisin ,plum, cask wood fantastic brew Elderbeerman (7) - Rockton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010 does not count
This poured into my wine glass, effervescent, and came up with a good inch of light brown head. A strong hint of vanilla on the nose, color brown, and clear, and the first sip hits with a strong vanilla, to slight banana flavor, that gives way to a hint of bourbon... medium sweetness, medium body, soft carbonation, and long finish, with the vanilla being the dominant flavor that lingers. Overall? I like this. I would not like this all the time. But as a change of pace, and a nice Christmas/Winter time treat, with some strong cheese, perhaps - I think it goes well with some hot buttered popcorn - I enjoy it and will have some again, after this six is gone! TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 13, 2006
12 oz bottle. I’m a big fan of barrel aged beers, and vanilla as a flavoring in general, so I knew I was going to like this one. This isn’t the best example of a barrel aged beer, or one brewed with vanilla, but coming from AB, this is a good effort. AB seems to hold back on their "craft" beers, even when they are going after craft beer drinkers. I believe AB could have done better with this one. This beer pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color, with a soapy, white head that fades, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is pleasing, and becomes more aromatic and fragrant as it warms. Aromas of bourbon, oak, and sweet vanilla flood the nose. The palate is soft, and slightly slick on the tongue, with some toasty and carmel malt flavor. This beer finishes with more toasty and carmel malt flavor up front, then ends with a reallly delicious, sweet vanilla flavor that lingers. Would have liked a little more malt heft in body and flavor, but this is a well done beer, and I found it very enjoyable. I enjoyed the bourbon, oak, and espically the vanilla character in this beer. This beer would work very well with desert, or a nice beer to enjoy as a digestif after a big meal.